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Media MentionJuly 11, 2021

Abortion Pill Controversy Rages On In Texas, US

Medication abortion continues to play a major role as the decades-long battle over reproductive rights rages on in the U.S. What is the future of medication abortion in the U.S. and Texas? What are the potential implications of coming decisions from the FDA, SCOTUS and the Texas Legislature? Is telemedicine a safe, effective way to secure the pills necessary to terminate a pregnancy? If so, why does this issue continued to be mired in controversy? Abigail Aiken joins the Source on TPR. 

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NewsMay 25, 2021

Study: Women say cost, privacy and distance influence decision to pursue self-managed medication abortions

A study released today in the journal JAMA Network Open documents the reasons American women report for pursuing self-managed medication abortions to terminate pregnancies.

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Media MentionApril 13, 2021

Why abortion pills are the next frontier in the battle over reproductive rights

The Biden administration is removing restrictions on mailing abortion pills during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the Trump administration's policy that marks a new phase in the national debate over abortion rights.

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Media MentionOctober 13, 2020

Now available: abortion by mail

A federal judge removes a "substantial obstacle" to accessing abortion during the pandemic. Dr. Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin who researches medication abortion access in the U.S. (among other countries), believes that the ability to access abortion by mail would dramatically increase access overall, and afford patients privacy and autonomy in a way that the current FDA restrictions do not.

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Media MentionSeptember 29, 2020

The first abortion case before a post-Ginsburg Supreme Court

The first abortion case that the Supreme Court will consider after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it could severely curtail access to safe, effective, early abortion during the pandemic. It would also clearly signal that the Court is willing to upend its own previous jurisprudence holding that laws and regulations cannot place an undue burden on those who are seeking abortions. Abigail R. A.

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Media MentionSeptember 26, 2020

How the pandemic has affected abortion rules around the world

Before the pandemic, women in England, Wales and Scotland could visit a clinic for a consultation and for medically induced abortions, there or at home. Under emergency legislation in late March, in force for the next two years, the same service can now be provided entirely online.

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Media MentionSeptember 19, 2020

Why women in England and Wales are having abortions earlier

Rules introduced because of the pandemic mean that terminations can now happen at home. The picture is gloomier in those parts of Europe where politicians did not do much to ease access to abortion. Recent research by Abigail Aiken of the University of Texas at Austin looked at enquiries to Women on Web, a Canadian charity that provides pills to women in countries where at-home abortions are illegal. She found that during the pandemic they shot up in Italy (by 68%) and Portugal (by 139%). In Britain they fell to negligible levels.  

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Media MentionSeptember 19, 2020

Abortion by pill is becoming more widespread in America

Changes to medical technology will change the politics of the country’s original culture war. Aid Access is a non-profit that prescribes and posts abortion pills, mostly from overseas, to women in America. Research into the non-profit, which was established in 2018, highlights the role that abortion pills by mail can play when health services are stretched. Abigail Aiken of the University of Texas at Austin says that within the first few weeks of the pandemic, demand surged. In Texas, after all abortions were cancelled for several weeks, demand nearly doubled.

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Media MentionJuly 22, 2020

Demand for at-home abortion pills exploded during the pandemic

In the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Americans sought out pills to end pregnancies on their own — without the help of an abortion clinic. LBJ's Abigail Aiken talks with VICE about the findings of the study on which she was lead researcher that found a 27 percent increase in the rate of requests for the pills from Aid Access, an organization that ships abortion-inducing pills across the United States.

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Media MentionJuly 21, 2020

More women sought medication abortion services online after Texas banned abortions amid COVID-19

During a ban on abortion services in Texas earlier this year, more women sought out a telemedicine abortion service called Aid Access, according to a new study from UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. The study found a 27 percent increase in the rate of requests for medication abortion by mail in the U.S. between March 20 and April 11 compared to the beginning of the year. Dr. Abigail Aiken, the author of the study, said she saw the biggest increase in requests in Texas. She said the state, which had the most severe restrictions on abortion at the time, saw a 94 percent increase in requests in that period.

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